What are some lessons to learn from the Cuban health­care sys­tem?

Modern Healthcare - - COMMENT -

Re­gard­ing the ar­ti­cle “Cuban doc­tors could of­fer best prac­tices on im­prov­ing com­mu­nity health in Chicago” (Mod­ern­Health­care.com, Jan. 18), I am in no po­si­tion to com­ment on the qual­ity of health­care in Cuba, but if Cuba is su­pe­rior to us in so many ways, then what con­clu­sions are we to draw?

Could it be qual­ity health­care does not de­pend on ex­pen­sive med­i­cal de­grees from ex­pen­sive uni­ver­si­ties? Qual­ity health­care does not de­pend on bleed­ing-edge tech­nol­ogy? Qual­ity health­care does not de­pend on money spent per capita? That’s $9,403 in the U.S. vs. $817 in Cuba, ac­cord­ing to 2014 data from the World Bank. Am I miss­ing any­thing? Ryan Baker Irv­ing, Texas

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